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But Nyako you refuse me…By Mike Kwambo

like Tony Nyadundo
singing Isanda Gi Hera
I am very very sad

Lando* lady
oh! how I love you
but nyako* you refuse me

when I see you
my heart goes kubum bu
like the great isikuti* beat

you generate feelings in me
like KenGen generates electricity
and even if I tell you…you refuse me

omukhana omulai*
what can I possibly do
to make you feel like I feel

should I stop the Eldoret Express bus
climb it…sit in the seat…pay for the seat
and travel to visit you in Kasipul Kabondo?

and when I get there
should I talk to you and convince you
to accompany me back to Shamakhokho?

ja-ber!you are so sweet
so sweet like a packet of Mumias Sugar
ja-ber! I am the cup of tea that needs your sweet sugar

I think of you as my future omukhasi*
with every thought of you I hear kubum bu
please lando lady I am yearning for you

I have tried to explain to you the feelings of my heart
using thoughts in my mind and words from my mouth
but nyako…you refuse me

( Lando- means fair skinned in the Dholuo language)

( Nyako-refers to a woman or girl in Dholuo)

( Ja-ber- refers to a beautiful woman in Dholuo)

(Omukhana Omulai- Refers to a good woman/girl in the Luhya language)

( Omukhasi-Refers to woman/wife in Luhya)

(Isikuti-Corruption of “Is good” in English.Refers to a melodious Luhya dance


3 comments on “But Nyako you refuse me…By Mike Kwambo

  1. Sally
    November 25, 2008

    Great delivery, beautiful poetry, reminds me of Okot p’Bitek’s Song of Lawino


  2. Aketch
    November 28, 2008

    Wonderful piece of work,is there a sequel to this? If so,please get it for us,please?


  3. Maik Kwambo
    June 10, 2009

    thank you guys,
    very humbled by your responses
    there is indeed a sequel or two


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